About us

50 YEARS OF TRADITION

Planning of spatial development and development, both for Warsaw and the Warsaw agglomeration, which was initiated before the war, was continued by the Capital Reconstruction Bureau. After 1945 the Bureau took on the burden of urban planning and architectural works of the city reconstruction after war damage and planning the future development of the capital. The further step of the dynamic Warsaw development, in order to create the conditions for proper coordination of planning works related to the reconstruction and further transformation not only of the capital, but also of the entire Capital Voivodeship of that time, by a resolution of the Presidium of the National Council of the Capital City of In 1972, the Warsaw Development Planning Office was established. The new office was established by the merger of the Warsaw Urban Planning Studio and district urban planning studios with the Office of Studies and Projects of Engineering and Public Communication, thanks to which it began to implement comprehensive studies, developing the methodology of their preparation.

In 2000, the Warsaw Development Planning Office, which is a municipal enterprise, was privatised on the basis of the “Act on Commercialization and Privatisation of State Owned Enterprises”, transforming into a joint stock company. The WDPO joint stock company, along with its tangible and intangible assets, took over its most important asset – experienced staff, thus becoming the direct successor of WDPO.

In 2019, WDPO joint stock company, through the sale of shares, became part of the Riva Finance Capital Group. The company has changed its registered seat, has been restructured and recapitalized, owing to which it can further develop and achieve its objectives in the field of planning studies, engineering systems and environmental protection.

over 3000

implemented projects

over 1500

planning studies for cities and municipalities

over 400

planning studies for Warsaw

over 180

studies of public transport and road routes

over 120

studies of the system and devices of engineering infrastructure

over 100

studies in the field of environmental protection and management

over 50

studies for the former Warsaw Voivodeship

over 40

studies of spatial information systems

over 200

specialist studies on spatial development

over 20

studies on demographics

And much more

50

years of experience

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE WARSAW DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE:

Key clients:

  • cities and municipalities of the Masovian Voivodeship
  • the Capital City of Warsaw
  • cities and municipalities throughout Poland
  • the Municipal Roads Administration
  • the General Directorate for National Roads and Highways
  • private investors undertaking the construction of large facilities/buildings in Warsaw
  • “Polish Airports” State Enterprise in Warsaw

The most important studies prepared by WDPO concerning spatial planning include:

  • A prospective development plan for the Capital City of Warsaw prepared in 1978. This plan shaped the spatial structure of the new voivodeship created after the administrative reform of the country. The study was awarded the 1st degree award for its high substantive value, awarded by the Minister of Administration, Local Economy and Environmental Protection,
  • A prospective general spatial development plan for the Capital City of Warsaw from 1983, 
  • The spatial development plan for the Śródmieście [City Centre] district of the Capital City of Warsaw, approved in 1983, covered the so-called functional centre of Warsaw; the study was awarded the Minister’s Award for an innovative approach to the issues of spatial development plan,
  • The local general spatial development plan for the Capital City of Warsaw from 1992. It was the last spatial development plan prepared for the entire city, which determined the general functional structure and the shape of the basic transport system, 
  • General spatial development plan for the Warsaw- Śródmieście [City Centre] district of 1993,
  • Study of conditions and directions of spatial development in the Warsaw-Centre municipality. Warsaw-Centre municipality existed in the years 1994 – 2002. It covered the territory of Warsaw, within its pre-war borders. Such study of the Warsaw-Centre municipality was approved in 2000, however, due to the change in the system of the Capital City of Warsaw in 2002 it did not enter into force. However, it was incorporated into the study of conditions and directions of spatial development for the Capital City of Warsaw, 
  • general plans of Warsaw districts and general plans of cities and municipalities of the Warsaw Capital Voivodeship (WCV),
  • detailed plans of spatial development areas in the area of Warsaw and WCV cities and municipalities,
  • cyclical projects of housing construction for subsequent five-year periods,
  • plans of functional areas, mainly: Kampinos National Park, Zegrze Reservoir area and the Vistula River valley,
  • drafts of location decisions for all construction investments in the area of Warsaw and WCV,
  • local plans for housing estates and parts of Warsaw districts, for Masovian municipalities as well as the municipalities located in other voivodships pursuant to the Act of the 27th of March 2003 on spatial planning and development,
  • studies of conditions and directions of spatial development for municipalities in the suburbs of Warsaw pursuant to the Act of the 27th of March 2003 on spatial planning and development,
  • financial forecasts for local spatial development plans,
  • program concept of collective water supply for the Wesoła District of the Capital City of Warsaw (2004),
  • study of the sanitary sewage system expansion in the Wilanów District (2006)

The most important communication studies prepared by WDPO include:

  • comprehensive communication and urban guidelines for major investments,
  • general concept of the transport system as well as means of transport and road network of the Capital Voivodeship,
  • study of Warsaw expressways – “Łazienkowska” and “Toruńska” (S8), Warsaw Southern Bypass (S2).

The most important infrastructure studies prepared by WDPO include:

  • general concept of the sewage system (1977),
  • general concept of municipal water supply (1978),
  • general concept of the sewage system of the central Warsaw system (1983),
  • project for the expansion of the water main network in Warsaw (1991),
  • general concept for the development of the power system for the Warsaw voivodeship (1993),

The most important environmental studies prepared by WDPO include:

  • Environmental impact assessment for investments carried out in the Praga Harbour.Environmental impact forecasts for local spatial development plans and for studies of conditions and directions of spatial development,
  • Basic ecophysiographic studies for the purposes of the study (for the entire municipality or its parts),
  • Ocena oddziaływania na środowisko do inwestycji realizowanych w Porcie Praskim.

GIS studies:

  • IT system for street lighting LATARNIE dla ZDM [Street Lamps for Municipal Roads Administration] in Warsaw,
  • Inventory of energy management in the Warsaw-Centre municipality,
  • Infrastructural conditions for the spatial development of the Capital City of Warsaw,
  • Data compilation for heat, gas and electricity supply plans for selected parts of the city.

The activity of the Warsaw Development Planning Office was not limited only to studies for Warsaw and WCV. Expert opinions, research, planning and design works were also carried out for other areas of the country, at the request of the central institutions operating at that time. The foreign activities of WDPO included, among others reconstruction and development plans for cities and regions damaged by earthquakes: Skopje in Yugoslavia and Chimbote in Peru, urban plans in Algeria, Ghana, Iraq, Nigeria and Syria. The largest of the WDPO’s foreign planning projects concerned studies for Libya.

In the years 1975–1985 the Office prepared spatial development plans for the Tripoli region, Libya. WDPO, as the main contractor of this contract in the planning part, developed a comprehensive plan for the region, plans for five sub-regions, plan of the capital agglomeration and nearly eighty cities and towns of Tripolitania. The specialists from other Polish cities also participated in these works, and their work and results were awarded with the Minister’s Honorary Award. Later, in 2005-2010, WDPO also developed the spatial development plan for Fezzan region.